December 2017 archive

The Best Way to Decorate Your Tree Step-By-Step

Creating a Christmas tree that you love is easier than you think.  It is a labor of love, but you can create one that looks just like the professional trees you see in magazines and on tv shows. You can achieve this look by layering your tree with lots of different textures, ornaments, and ribbon.  I will break this tree down as I decorate to show you the steps I take in decorating my trees.  My trees may look different every year, but the process is always the same.


 Breaking down the steps to decorating this gorgeous Burberry Plaid tree. yourstrulyjenn.com

Start by taking all your boxes out of storage.  You need to be able to see everything you have in order to decorate at your best.  This step is very important. Don’t skip it.

Bring all your Christmas stuff out of storage before you start decorating. yourstrulyjenn.com

I’m lucky to have a walk in attic that gives me quite a lot of storage space.  If you don’t have that space you could use your garage, a closet, a storage locker, or shed if you need more room.  Lay out all your ornaments, sprays, and picks so you can see what you have.

Spread out your ornaments and floral supplies so you can see everything as you decorate. yourstrulyjenn.com

Now it is time to actually put your tree together (if you’re using an artificial one.)  My husband is allergic to real trees so this is what we use. I actually like them, because you can put them up any time you’re ready and they can be manipulated very easily.

Now it's time to put your tree together. yourstrulyjenn.com

Fluffing your tree before you put the ornaments on is the step I hate the most.  I would definitely advise you to wear a long sleeve shirt while doing this.  I learned the hard way. Stringing lights and fluffing trees in short sleeves can leave cuts on your hands and arms for weeks.Adding lights and a stomper make your tree go the extra mile. Yourstrulyjenn.com

If you buy a tree without lights then you need to add them at this point. You usually need 100 lights per foot.  For example, if you have a 9 foot tree, you need 900 lights.  Make sure you buy lights that have a cord that is the same color as your tree.  For example, if you have a green tree then the cord needs to be green.  If you have a flocked tree then your cord should be white.  Also, cut the tags off the cords.  You don’t want those showing through your tree after all the hard work you put in. I felt like my tree didn’t have enough lights so I added a string of lights around the tree and then I put twinkling lights down the center to give it a hint of sparkle for that wow factor.

I make a bag every year of much have supplies. yourstrulyjenn.com

At the end of the season I put away my most used supplies in a bag or box and put that at the top of all my stuff.  I usually include my wire cutters, different colored wire, ornament hooks, scissors, tape, and a couple different pens.

Put the tree topper on before your ornaments. yourstrulyjenn.com

If you use a tree topper I attach it or create it before I start putting anything on the tree.  It usually requires me to be on a ladder so I don’t want things falling off the tree as I’m trying to manipulate the top to get my topper on.

Put your large picks and floral items in before the ornaments. yourstrulyjenn.com

If you are going to add picks and florals to your tree, you need to put those items in next. They are large items that fill in your tree.  They are space fillers and they change the shape of your tree dramatically.  You do not want to try to put these in after you add your delicate glass ornaments. I usually put all the fillers near each other to make a bigger impact.  On this 7 1/2 foot tree you can see that I used 2 types of snowy picks.  I put approximately 20 large snowy picks on the front of my tree.  I do decorate the back of my trees, but not to the extent as the front. I add more picks as final fill ins when I do my vignettes in a later stage.

Now it is time to add the ornaments to the tree. yourstrulyjenn.comNow it is time to add your ornaments. I usually put the bigger ornaments on the bottom with the medium in the middle and the smaller ones on top. You can create depth and add drama by putting ornaments from the inside out.  There are several different ways to add ornaments to a tree. You can add by doing one color at a time to disperse them evenly.  You can group them in sets of 3 to do cluster groupings. You can decorate by creating lots of vignettes all over your tree. This is why setting out all your ornaments in an earlier stage comes in handy so you can see everything.

Create small vignettes all over your tree that you keep repeating until the tree is decorated how you want it. yourstrulyjenn.com

At this stage I like to create small vignettes in 36″ sections around my tree to make it look symmetrical.  It is also a good way to spread your items out instead of using them all in the same area.  It gives you a much more unified look. At this point I like to use a variety of ornaments and use the rest of my picks and berry sprigs.  Some people put ribbon on in the beginning stages, but I like to add it on in the end.

Burberry Plaid Holiday Home Tour - yourstrulyjenn.com

  Try these steps when decorating your tree. I think they will help you achieve the look you’re going for.  I always end up changing things as I get further into the process.  Stepping back and looking at different angles will help you see if there are any spots you missed or if anything needs to be changed.  At the end I always style the bottom even if it is just some ornaments or packages on the skirt.

I hope these tips were helpful in showing you the process of how I do my tree during each stage. I would love to see your trees on Facebook and Instagram.  Please tag me if you share so I can see how wonderful they look.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

Classic Red and White Holiday Home Tour 2

CLASSIC RED AND WHITE HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

I’m excited to be posting more of my home in a second holiday home tour.  If you are just joining us for the first time welcome. You can check out my first holiday home tour Burberry Plaid here.


Classic red and white frosted Balsam Hill tree- yourstrulyjenn.com

I have a blast decorating my trees every year.  I like doing several trees.  We always do a family tree where my kids can have full creative control of that tree.  For more explanation of how I decorate, check out FAQ about Christmas.

Decorating in classic red and white this year. yourstrulyjenn.com

Normally I start with my main tree to set the tone of how the theme is going to go and then base all my decor off of that.  This year I started with the mantel.

classic red and white balsam Hill tree- yourstrulyjenn.com

This is my 9′ Frosted Noble Fir Balsam Hill Tree.  I have had it for 4 years and I love it.  It is so fun to decorate.  The white trees are always my favorite.  Balsam Hill trees are so easy to store and put up every year.   If you are looking for an amazing tree this one is for you.  If you are looking for an office tree or one you have to transport somewhere I would advise you to choose one of their other trees. This one tends to be a little messy when putting up and taking it down.

Close up of all the details of this beautiful red and white Balsam Hill tree-yourstrulyjenn.com

I love how the red and white looks on the white tree.  If you don’t have a flocked tree you can make it look flocked by adding snowy picks all over the tree.  This really changes the look of your tree drastically.  I will be doing a detailed post on how I did that on my Burberry Plaid tree next week.

Red and white ornaments adorn this Balsam Hill tree- yourstrulyjenn.com

I like to decorate the bottom of the tree as well.  It gives it a more styled look.  I leave it like this until I am ready to put wrapped gifts under the tree.

Gorgeous 9' frosted Balsam Hill tree decorated with red and white ornaments.

Even though the tree was a flocked white tree, I still used white picks to give the tree the look I wanted to achieve.  Then I went with red berry picks and red and white ornaments.  I love this red ribbon from Michaels.  I’ve had it for a couple of years and I have used it in so many different ways.

Close up of this gorgeous Balsam Hill tree with classic red and white ornaments. yourstrulyjenn.comIf you’re putting ribbon on your tree I would suggest choosing wired ribbon.  It is so much easier to manipulate.  You can curl the bottoms and get it to go where you want it to.

White and clear ornaments were the inspiration for this tree. yourstrulyjenn.com

The inspiration for this tree was completely different.  I wanted a very delicate looking tree.  I wanted everything I put on this tree to have a softer, more romantic feel. I couldn’t find the white bows I wanted so I went on ETSY and found them at a wedding shop. They are actually wedding pew bows.

I added some beautiful decor elements to these lanterns from Pier 1. Yourstrulyjenn.com

These lanterns are from Pier 1.  I have been collecting them for years, but I know they still have them.  I wanted to bring in the same elements from the tree and foyer so I added bows, crystals, and pinecones to the lanterns for a more finished look.

Close up of this classy white tree. Check out all the soft elements on this tree. yourstrulyjenn.com

I used all white and clear ornaments, snowy picks, natural looking textured fillers, white ribbon, white flowers, and crystals to create this look.

White decorated Christmas tree with snowcapped embellishments. yourstrulyjenn.com

I have been collecting these gorgeous boxes for the last 3 years since Sugar Paper has been collaborating with Target.  Check them out in stores or online before they sell out.

Cute foyer decor to accent the all white Christmas tree. yourstrulyjenn.com

Of course the trees are the main event in your decorating, but this sweet little vignette adds so much to my foyer.  It was space that I felt needed something.  Make sure you take advantage of the space in your home where something unique can be created.

Christmas bunny with Joanna Gaines ribbon. yourstrulyjenn.com

I hope you have enjoyed my holiday home tours this season.  I will be breaking down these posts further into how I did my trees and mantel in upcoming posts.  Stay tuned for that.  Please follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter so we can stay in touch.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

 

Plaid Burberry Holiday House Tour

Burberry Plaid Holiday House Tour

Happy holidays and welcome to my first house tour of the season.  This is always my favorite post of the year and the one I think about in the middle of the summer.  If you found me through Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk then welcome.  Her home is decorated so nicely and she has tons of homes on her tour that you won’t want to miss.  You are definitely in for a treat.  If you haven’t decorated yet or are just looking for some ideas, I hope you leave today with some inspiration and more importantly, some holiday cheer.

Burberry plaid tree- yourstrulyjenn.com

Welcome to my holiday house tour. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

My theme this year started around a Burberry scarf.  I am very into plaid.  For more plaid ideas check out my Pinterest board “mad about plaid.” I love the Burberry print and I already decided at the end of last year that I was going to use it in my decorating for 2017.  I love knowing my theme early because you can shop year round for items to go with your theme.

Going back to classic red is always fun, but giving it that splash of black brought in that wow factor.  The white dishes are Emma from Pottery Barn and the black dishes are from Joanna Gaines’ new line from Target.

This centerpiece arrangement is from Target.  I also added a Pier 1 garland and some natural elements to give it this final look.

I loved using natural elements this year.  The pinecones were big for me.  You will see them in all the trees, vignettes, and arrangements I did.  I loved using the pomegranates and the baby’s breath to add the finishing touches to this centerpiece.

 It took many layers and textures to create this tree.  This is just a regular store bought  7 1/2 foot tree.  You don’t have to have an expensive tree to get yours looking fabulous.  You can create this look at home.

I love putting wrapped packages and boxes under my tree using coordinating ribbon in my theme color.  You can find some of these boxes on sale at Target from the amazing Sugar Paper team.

This year I added a lot of red berry picks, white picks, pinecones, and anything that gave off an “it just snowed” feel.  I love the final product.  In my next home tour, you will see two more trees that I am obsessed with.  So come back for that later this week.

This red and white ribbon I used in my house tour from 2015.  I purchased the ribbon from Michaels.  I also have it in the black version. I use these all the time.  I even used them for my daughter’s graduation which was teal and black. Try to save your ribbons.  You never know when you will need to reuse them for packages or for your tree like I did here.

Burberry plaid tree- yours truly jenn

I will have a post later in the month explaining how I decorated this tree step by step.  However, if you are looking for more tips on how to decorate your tree, you can check that out  in one of my earlier posts.  Also, if you are a big Youtube fan check out Rebecca Robeson of Robeson Design.  She is amazing.  She has design sessions once a month for $10 where you can learn all kinds of tips to carry over into your own home.

These are our gigantic doors as one little boy told me on Halloween.  I love my Frontgate wreaths and garlands.  I have used these the last 6 years and they are still going strong.  I purchased the red bows this year and I am obsessed with them.  They are so luxurious and you can use them inside or outdoors.  It is hard to find bows and at this price so you need to get them before they sell out.  I may order 8 more in case I decide to do something different outside next year.  That is how much I love them.  I am not sponsored by Frontgate. I just love their stuff.

This is my teacup Maltese, Cupi (rhymes with puppy). She actually let me put a bow on her and she sat nicely on the picnic basket for some pics.  Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  She was actually quite amazing and got lots of treats after.

I have collected these packages and boxes over the years.  I try to save my good things to recycle for other years.  Especially neutral colors like white and black that I know I will use again.  When you are buying entertaining pieces and you don’t want a neutral, think red.  Do you know how many holidays include red? Valentine’s, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Christmas.

I get a lot of questions about Cupi on my Instagram account.  If you’re not following me on my social media I post very frequently there so you can check me out on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Cupi is 8 years old and weighs 5 pounds.

These are my “bought off a vendor on the road in New York scarves.”  They are the only ones I trust being outside.  But I love them just the same.  The monogrammed rug is from Frontgate.  They also carry a monogrammed everyday version is you don’t want the Christmas one.

In my dining room I used silver and white because it matches the white tree in my foyer.  I will be showing you that tree in my next home tour.  This garland is from Pier 1.  I wanted something a little lighter for this table and I think it turned out nicely.

I love the look of this bow from the Joanna Gaines collection at Target and the Eucalyptus leaves.  It just gives a very soft, elegant look.

All of my glasses and dinnerware were purchased from Home Goods.  I try to shop my home first and see what I have before I purchase anything.  Luckily, I had everything, but the ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed this home tour as much as I enjoyed decorating and putting it together for you.  During the holidays so much can get in the way of the real reason we celebrate.  So this season try to slow down a little and spend time with your loved ones.

For unto you is born

this day in the city of David

a Savior, which is CHRIST the

LORD.

Luke 2:11

 

Yours Truly,

Jenn